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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
76

As he was going out of the temple,
one of his disciples said to him, "Teacher,
look, what beautiful stones and buildings!"

Jesus said to them, "Do you see these great buildings?
Amen, I tell you, days will come in which
no stone will be left here on a stone
which will not be thrown down."

As he was sitting on the Mount of Olives
opposite the temple,
Peter and James and John and Andrew
questioned him privately, "Tell us,
when will these things be,
and what is the sign
when all these things are about to be accomplished
and of your presence and of the ending of the age?"

Jesus answered them, "See that no one leads you astray.
For many will come in my name saying, 'I am he,'
and 'The time has drawn near;'
and they will lead many astray.
Do not go after them.

"When you hear of wars, rumors of wars, and revolutions,
do not be disturbed;
for it must happen, but it is not yet the end.
For nation will be raised against nation
and sovereignty against sovereignty;
there will be earthquakes
and plagues and famines in various places,
and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven;
but all these things are the beginning of birth pangs.

"But watch yourselves;
before all these things
they will lay their hands on you and persecute you;
they will give you over to councils,
and you will be beaten in synagogues,
and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake,
for testimony to them.

"When they lead you delivering you,
do not worry about what you should say,
but put it into your hearts
not to practice beforehand your defense;
for I will give you a mouth and wisdom,
and whatever is given to you in that hour, speak that;
for it is not you speaking but the Holy Spirit,
which all those opposing you
will not be able to resist or contradict.

"Brother will give over brother to death and father child,
and children will rebel against parents
and put them to death;
and you will be hated by all the nations because of my name.
Many false prophets will be raised
and will lead many astray,
and because of the increase of lawlessness
the love of many will grow cold.

"Yet not a hair of your head will perish;
by your patience you will win your souls.
The one enduring to the end, this one will be saved.
This good message of the sovereignty will be preached
in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations,
and the end will come.

"So when you see the devastating abomination
spoken of through the prophet Daniel
standing in the holy place,
(let the one reading understand,)
and when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies,
then know that its devastation has drawn near.

"Then let those in Judea flee to the mountains,
and let those in the middle of it depart,
and let those in the country not go into it;
let the one on the roof
not come down to take things out of his house,
and let the one in the field
not turn back to get one's coat;
for these are days of punishment
to fulfill all that has been written.

"Woe to those in pregnancy and nursing in those days,
and pray that your flight not be in winter or on a Sabbath;
for there will be great distress on the earth
and wrath upon this people,
and they will fall by the edge of the sword
and will be led captive to all the nations;
and Jerusalem will be trampled on by nations,
until the seasons of the nations are fulfilled.

"Those will be days of great affliction,
such as has not occurred
from the beginning of God's creation of the world until now
and which may never happen.
Unless the Lord had not cut short those days,
no flesh would be saved;
but because of the chosen ones he selected,
he will cut short the days.

"Then if anyone tells you,
'Look, here is the Christ, look there,' do not believe;
for false Christs and false prophets will be raised,
and they will perform miracles and wonders,
in order to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones.

"But you watch; I have foretold you everything.
Days will come when you will long to see
one of the days of the human son,
and you will not see it.
So if they say to you,
'Look, he is in the desert,' do not go out;
'Look, in the inner rooms,' do not pursue it.
For as the lightning flashes out of the east
and shines to the west,
so will be the presence of the human son.

"After the affliction of those days
the sun will be darkened;
the moon will not give its light;
and the stars will fall from heaven.
There will be signs in sun and moon and stars,
and on the earth anguish of nations in confusion
at the noise of the sea and waves,
people fainting from fear and expectation
of what is coming to the world;
for the powers of heaven will be shaken.

"Then will appear the sign of the human son in heaven,
and then all the tribes of earth will mourn
and will see the human son coming
in a cloud of heaven with power and much glory.
Then he will send his angels with a great trumpet,
and they will gather his chosen ones out of the four winds
from the end of earth to the end of heaven.

"As these things begin to happen,
stand up and lift your heads,
because your redemption is drawing near.
From the fig tree learn the parable:
when its branch is already tender and the leaves sprout,
you know that summer is near;
so also when you see all these things happening,
know that it is near at the doors.
Amen, I tell you that this generation may not pass away
until all these things happen.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.

76. Prophecies of the End of the Age Harmony 76 * Interpretation 76
77. Readiness for the Lord Harmony 77 * Synthesis 77 * Interpretation 77

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